* Posts by The BigYin

3091 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

If you didn't store valuable data, ransomware would become impotent

The BigYin

An old idea

I am pretty sure this very idea did the rounds ~15+ years ago.

It jives well with us nerds/geeks who want to control our data (becasue we understand the risks) and know how to. Not so well with Granda Miggins who just wants their cat pictures.

LibreOffice 7.2 brings improved but still imperfect Microsoft Office compatibility

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Re: Does "compatibility" mean having the same issues?

That'd be amusing option to see.

* Import Word doument with:

1. Perfect fidelity

2. Recreated compatibility problems for a target version

British owners of .eu domains given an extra three months to find a European address

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The UK is in Europe!

> "The British owners of 74,000 suspended .eu domain names have been given an additional three months to change their registration details to an address in Europe before they are permanently taken away."

This kind of language really grinds my gears. The UK is IN Europe and will continue to be in Europe until plate tectonic decree otherwise. What the author should have said was "... to an adress in the EU...".

This continualy "othering" of Europe and not viewing ourselves as the Europeans we are is IMHO one of the many things that resulted in Brexit.

Please be more careful, language matters.

GitHub restores DMCA-hit youtube-dl code repo after source patched to counter RIAA's takedown demand

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Re: Youtube

They run their own repo now, just add it to F-Droid.

You can't spell 'electronics' without 'elect': The time for online democracy has come

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Re: Advantages of hand-marked, paper ballots

> Basically, enter your selections on a computer.

Failed at the first hurdle. The rest is meaningless.

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Re: Advantages of hand-marked, paper ballots

The meatsacks are easier to "hack" one-on-one perhaps but it does not scale well at all. However if you hack the hard/software once, you can hack them all. This scales in a way that meatsack fiddling does not.

Missing ballots, again, does not scale well. It can become obvious that things are missing and recounts/revotes taken. If you hack the hard/software no vote is missing, you simply alter it to what you want. This is much harder to spot.

That said, mail voting is the most likely form of meat-space voting to be fiddled with; often in places of multiple occupancy where one person can collect the ballots and vote on them all. This happens in some communities more than others.

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Not an argument for e-voting

This is not an argument for e-voting, but one for reforming the USAian electoral system.

E-voting is simply too wide-open for abuse to be used for anything serious. Electing the captain of your golf club? Fine. The ruler of your nation? No way!

Using IT to help with the count is fine, but at the end of the day it needs to be meat-sacks and paper counts as corrupting that simply doesn't scale well and by the time you have a conspiracy large enough to affect a country, said conspiracy will collapse under its own weight.

The author handwaves away far too many problems. For example: How does F/OSS voting software help when the hardware is crippled by an exploit in IME? How do you verify that the F/OSS software you think is running, is actually running in an unaltered state and hasn't been rootkited into oblivion? You don't, not with any certainty anyway, not unless to are prepared to disassemble the machine, check every chip, scan the drives and check every byte and only then begin the count. Rinse and repeat for every single link in the chain. That doesn't sound like an improvement to me.

E-voting is a horrifically bad idea and should never be used as part of a serious democratic process. I really wish people would stop pushing it.

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member

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Plain text is king

Well...OK...UTF-8 encoded Plain Text is king but whatever.

If your mail client HTML-ises a plain text email then, I this is just my opinion, it the email client that is to blame. End of.

Email should be plain text. HTML leads to too many quirks, rending problems, bugs, attack vectors and bloats email size.

Outside of the vomit that is Outlook, every email client I have used will respond in plain text to a plain text email, allow you to specify plain text, RTF, HTML or whatever in a few clicks and has easily accessible defaults in the setting. If this is hard then either you are a bit thick or (more likely) your email client is utter garbage.

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too

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Re: Don't your phones have a blue light filter...

Mine kicks in when I tell it to, I can also drop the screen brightness.

I wish it went a smidge redder and a fair bit darker.

But it's better than nothing.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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* Macroshaft

* ₼ikro$oƒt

* The Redmond Devourer

* The Great Pretender

* The Nutella Factory

Does a .com suffix make a trademark? The US Supreme Court will decide as Booking marks its legal spot

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Re: Trademarking an address

Top-tip: Never use 123reg. Go with Mythicbeasts or someone else credible, you do get what you pay for.

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All your name are belong to me

As the owner of "noun.com", "pronoun.com", "verb.com", "adverb.com" and "adjective.com"; imma gonna come for all your cyber baubles!

Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial

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No install required

Whilst Zoom is a stinking turd, it can be cajoled into running in the Chrome. Cancel the auto-download, click on the download link, cancel that, now click on the new "Open in browser" link.

Or kick Zoom into touch and go with something much more open like Jitsi Meet.

RetroPie 4.6 brings forth an answer to 'What do I do with this Pi 4 I bought last year?'

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Re: Shove that in your Pi-Hole...

I just user the ad-block service on OpenWRT.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Re: And yet...

That Brother 8690LCDW is currently just shy of £500.

Far too pricey to risk being locked into expensive refills.

Already in final beta? That's Madagascar: Ubuntu 20.04 'Focal Fossa' gets updated desktop, ZFS support

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Nah, wait a bit longer for the new Neon to drop and get all the new hotness with the latest KDE.

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures

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That's depressing

Is Chromium the new IE6?

At least the core is open source I guess.

World Wide Web's Sir Tim swells his let's-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts

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Or just load the AdBlock addon into OpenWRT.

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it

The BigYin

Most people don't care about a great many things. I, for example, don't care about the habitat of the Lesser Crested Grebe Warbler because I don't know I should care, but that doesn't mean protecting it isn't a goo thing. (I made that species up just for illustrative purposes).

Most people don't know how the Internet works,most people don't know they should care about the ".org" privatisation but that doesn't mean we shouldn't protect it.

This whole line of argument is some weight variant of argumentum ad populum.

RuneScape bloke was wrongly sacked after reading veep's salary details on office printer

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Re: Personal Usage

Personal use of office equipment is almost always permitted "within reason". No one is going to bat an eye-lid if you print of a sheet or two for personal need (or use the work PC for a personal email). When it starts to disrupt the day job or incur significant costs, then you'll get a warning.

Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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Physical security?

> The physical security of the meter is strong

What? It's on the outside of the house in a non-locking enclosure. There is NO physical security!

Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

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Re: Seriously?

Isn't that the Twitter archival format?

The BigYin

And yet...

...we already have .ms, .she, .las, .grl, .sis, dol, .gal and even .vag

Where is the outrage over those? Oh yeah, they're just file extensions and no sane person gives a flying shit.

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Re: F**king Madness

"I enter the password for the guest network for them."

I have a QR code with the details on it as well. Android users can just zap the QR code, iPhone users and type it in.

Lonely Pirate cheers on Big Copyright-bashing EU commissars

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Re: It's pretty obvious

"Sky (still) get your money, you get (I assume) a better mix of programming for you."

Company sells package A in country 1 for X. Company also sells package A in country 2 for Y. X is 2Y. The company wants to sell as many at price X as possible because there is more profit.

Geo-locks are one tool that lets them do this. So the company will get upset if that is removed. Under TTIP they would probably sue the countries involved (and win).

It seems that "free trade" only applies to the seller, not the purchaser.

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Re: It's pretty obvious

"There is also the competition aspect, why should you pay more when the content is available elsewhere for cheaper."

That's true of everything, but the companies want one-way free trade. i.e. they can sell everywhere, but you can only buy where the company decides.

Which isn't free trade at all.

The BigYin

It's pretty obvious

The harder you make it for people to use legal services, the more they look elsewhere.

Here is my money. I *want* to give you my money. Why won't you let me?

Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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MS was right for once

DNT should be the default. Just like "no mail from you or third parties" should also be the default.

But in this age of privacy invasion, they are not.

Hence more people use ad-blockers etc and the advertisers make life worse for themselves.

Facebook 'violates Euro data law' say Belgian data cops' researchers

The BigYin

Re: Protect yourself

Doesn't matter, you are simply another "negative profile" unless you take active measures.

The BigYin
Big Brother

Protect yourself

Run BetterPrivacy, NoScript etc. Also - https://adblockplus.org/blog/about-that-facebook-tracking-thing

Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Been nice knowing the RasPi

Embrace has begun, we all know what stages come next.

Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

I see that @"Voland's right hand" is another person who completely and utterly misses the *entire point* of a RasPi.

German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

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Re: In a sane world

"the nail in the coffin of fingerprint authentication, at least of the cheap variety."

I suggest you rent and watch the "Mythbusters" episode where they do fingerprints (and some other security methods)...the results are hilariously troubling.

The BigYin

Re: Worse than just data loss

"But surely every police force has a sufficiently trained and funded CSI team who can analyse DNA from the slightest speck and match it within minutes through a national database which is so fast and efficient it even flashes up the mug shots of each sample it's matching against."

Almost, which is why the smart crooks poison the scene by dropping items they have collect from random places. In the TV show the evil-doers had a "DNA-bomb" device to poison the evidence; how long before we see that in the real world?

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Re: Agreed

Yes. Well, it certainly shouldn't be taken as proof of identity - instead part of some greater whole. The general mantra is "something you have, something you know".

Biometrics are pretty simple for people and, as with many things in security, ease of use is inverse to strength of security.

Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

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3 or 4? No

Just look at the state of things in the USA. We don't want such a small number of operators, we need true competition.


We need legislation to ensure that the networks are open to all comers and that it remains possible to a new player to enter should incumbents try to gouge customers.

Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Re: Monetization!

Maybe he makes enough to be happy? Work-life balance and all that.

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Re: Ring

El Reg: Tell me about your private life

Randall Munroe: [Proffers ring-finger, keeps schtum]

El Reg: sudo Tell me about your private life

Randall Munroe: Not in sudoers, this has been reported.

It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Re: Dear corporate Britain

The sale isn't the issue, the day is.

I also have the quaint idea that retail stores should open 1200-2000, rather than 0900-1700. This woyld give them better overlap with their customers. Also, it would partially alleviate rush hour.

I did look at a few black slaes after work, but anything of interest was either not on sales, or only a couple of pounds off; no mega-deals.

The BigYin

Dear corporate Britain

Take this Yank import and ram it up yer arse.

Today is a workday and it's bloody stupid to have a mega-sale when most of your customers are at work.

I have bought nothing today, nor do I intend to.

Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Who says Deckard is subject to the same rules of the other replicants? Deckard doesn't even know it's a replicant, perhaps the termination wasn't engineered in; or maybe the one we see is simply one of many Deckards.

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> is Deckard a replicant?


UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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First things first

Start by governing Westminster, the Lords, finance, tax evasion **AND THEN** the net (if you really must).

But no. That'd hit your paymasters too hard, wouldn't it?

Google will have to WAIT and SEE if I fine them - EU antitrust chief

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We need...

Search Neutrality!

TalkTalk's 'unbeatable signal strength' and 'fastest Wi-Fi tech' FIBS silenced by ad watchdog

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Re: ASA...

Government regulation isn't about actually doing anything, it's about being seen to do something.

Keeps the proles happy.

EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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Re: Lesson from Yes Minister

"No self-respecting terrorist (well: one who hopes or expects to walk away from an "incident") would give up the goods that easily and therefore the only data they will collect will be from harmless individuals and private citizens with no nefarious intent."

AIUI, the terrorists who flow into the WTC made no effort to hide the identifies. So these measures would have been ineffective anyway as no one joined the dots.

Or maybe they did, and let it happen. /tin-foil-hat

The BigYin

Why ask?

Surely the security services have all the zero-days and hack in place, they can simply take the data they need.

Or just demand the data under secrecy.

Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Re: Morons

"Other Great Socialism"? You mean the USA? The banking bail out was probably the greatest socialist action for many decades.

A capitalist society would have let them fail.


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